YORK boss Chris Brass is backing on-loan Town striker Jon Newby to help fire his side to Football League safety.
The Bootham Crescent club have slipped into the bottom two danger zone in the Third Division.
But Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Bury has given Brass, at 28, the youngest manager in senior football in Britain, renewed hope.
Liam George scored the goal and Brass believes he and Newby, who will return to the McAlpine for the final two games of the campaign, can form a potent partnership.
"We deserved to get a winner," said Brass, whose side are level on points with third-bottom Rochdale and have a game in hand on them.
"For the first time in ages we looked like scoring.
"Every time we went forward we had them on the back foot.
"That gave us more space and because of that we looked like scoring."
He added: "We were looking for somebody to give us a spark and that set everybody else off.
"It was a good display and one that has given everybody a lift.
"We showed genuine fight and character."
George's goal was York's first in five games and while their winless run was extended to 15 matches, Brass remains upbeat ahead of the home game with Cheltenham tomorrow.
"We have five games left with three at home so we have got a good chance," he said.
"If we have the same level of performance as we had against Bury then we'll have no trouble.
"But that was only one game and we have to continue that."